Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Anaheim Packing House

The Anaheim Packing House is a new community dining hall featuring local food and small businesses. It's adjacent to the Packard Building (which houses Umami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery), and between them is Farmer's Park. Together, these three make up the new Anaheim Packing District

The Packing House itself has a rich history. Built in 1919 along the Southern Pacific rail line, it served as a hub for the local citrus industry, as citrus from local farms was trucked in, washed, crated, and shipped off via train. Inside is bright and open with 2 floors full of restaurants, food stands, and kiosks. You'll find gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Indian food, ice cream, gelato popsicles, a butcher shop, crepes, ramen, sushi, seafood, a bar, coffee, waffle sandwiches, a juice bar, and soon there will also be soul food, pizza, and Mexican food. There's even a flower kiosk. For a full list, check out the Packing House website.

Before we even left our house, we were creeping the instagram geotags for each place, and we decided we had to try The Kroft (pictured directly above) because the pictures everyone posted of prime rib sandwiches and poutine looked crazy delicious. Our plans changed once we got there and saw how long the line was for The Kroft, so we did a lap and decided to try a couple of different places. 

We had Zoey with us, so the obvious choice for kid-friendliness was Black Sheep for grilled cheese sandwiches. Expect them to be a little more refined with high quality ingredients. No diner style thick slabs of over-processed cheese here. This worked out great because after splitting a #3 (Swiss raclette, cornichons, pickled red onions, potato chips) with my friend Rachael, I wasn't too full to move on to the next place. 

I heard that Adya was really unique because it's not the typical American version of Indian food - buffet-style and full of heavy, saucy dishes. Instead, it's fresh and light and inspired by street food. We ordered chickpea chaat (it was like eating Indian nachos!), pani puri, and my favorite thing I ate all day - keema naan (naan stuffed with lamb) with a side of cucumber raita.

The Packing House is not too far from Center Street Promenade, where you'll find Center Street Cheese Shop and Home Eco:comics, so when you are in the area be sure to check out both spots.

The Packing house is located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805.

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